Choosing a tenkara rod Fish Size: Tenkara is made for mountain stream trout, panfish and other relative small species of fish. Any tenkara rod will be well-suited for fish between 10 and 20 inches. All rods are made with very high-quality carbon-fiber and are capable of handling most fish you’ll encounter on mountain streams, smaller rivers or ponds. If you’re frequently catching fish over 17 inches, you may want to consider the 12-foot Yamame, or the 13-foot,6inch Amago. Rod Length: Longer rods give you the most control over the line and fly; they also allow you to keep your arm closer to your body so you don’t get tired. We like to recommend the longest rods. While the length of tenkara rods may seem intimidating at first, twelve feet is considered the average length for a tenkara rod. You can always hold the rod above the handle to make it shorter momentarily.
Are your typical streams very small with lots of overhead cover? The new triple-zoom Rhodo, can be fished at either 8’10”, 9’9” or 10’6”. It is particular popular on tighter Eastern streams. If you have a little more room get the Sato, which can be fished at either 10’8”, 11’10” or 12’9”, You’ll soon find out the longer tenkara rods are awesome.
In moderate streams with reasonable opening overhead the 12-foot Iwana is a great choice. There is a reason it is the most popular tenkara rod around.
If we have our way, and if you’ll trust us, try the longer Ito, which can be fished at 13 feet or or 14 feet, 7 inches ; it is very popular in Western streams and rivers, or people who fish spring creeks and ponds.
*Every rod is backed by our warranty and excellent customer service. In case of problems, please contact us for the quickest solution on getting your rod fixed. For more information, visit our Guarantee page. Please use only tippet of 7lbs (~3.5kg) breaking strength or less, and please read the instructions on how to use the rods.